‘Ugly Duckling’ finds love at Harris Center

harrisUgly DucklingIn an adaptation of the classic Hans Christian Anderson fairytale, an ugly duckling discovers that as he passes through the awkwardness of youth to the grace of maturity he becomes a handsome swan. The nationally-recognized California Theatre Center returns to Harris Center for its fourth and final performances of beloved childrens’ tales with “The Ugly Duckling” on Sunday, May 11.

This classic tale, adapted and directed by CTC’s general director Gayle Cornelison, tells the story of a  duckling who was very sad because he thought he was the ugliest amongst all his brothers and sisters.

They would not play with him and teased him mercilessly. He left his home and went far away into the woods where he saw a cottage of an old woman, her hen and her cat. The duckling stayed with them for some time but he was unhappy and soon left.

When winter set in the poor duckling almost froze to death. A peasant took him home to his wife and children. The poor duckling was terrified of the children and escaped. The ugly duckling spent the winter in a marshy pond.

Finally, spring arrived. One day, the duckling saw a beautiful swan swimming in the pond and fell in love with her. But then he remembered how everyone made fun of him and he bent his head down in shame. What he saw his own reflection in the water astonished him. He was not an ugly duckling anymore, but a handsome young swan. At last he knew why he had looked so different from his brothers and sisters.

Performers for “The Ugly Duckling” include Mike Birr, Justine Nichole Lauren, Brittney Monroe, Ambre Shoneff and Kalon Thibodeaux. This play is recommended for grades kindergarten through fifth.

For information on school day performances please contact California Theatre Center directly at 408-245-2978.

“The Ugly Duckling” will be performed at the Harris Center, 10 College Parkway in Folsom at 1 and 3 p.m.

Tickets are $8 to $15 and are available online at or from the Harris Center ticket office at 916-608-6888 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday through Saturday and two hours before show time. Parking is included in the price of the ticket.

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